How To Make Better Than Store Bought Crescent Rolls

You will never buy store bought again especially when you discover this ‘better than original’ copycat crescent rolls recipe. Watch the quick and easy to follow video now.

We’ve all seen recipes that call for Cresent Rolls. Well, today we are excited to share a homemade copycat recipe with you.

The great news is, it’s every bit as good as the store-bought version. Crescent Rolls are synonymous with Pillsbury and they are used in sweet and savory recipes alike and they are very popular.

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They are in the refrigerator section of your grocer and come in a tin. They are a Dough and when baked, they have a golden flaky texture. We were amazed at all the ways you can use them.

Homemade Crescent Dough Ingredients

Makes 32 rolls

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 25 g fresh yeast (2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or 2 tsp of instant yeast)
  • 1/3 cup water, warm
  • 3/4 cup milk, warm
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • Filling
  • 4 or 5 tbsp butter, softened

Crescent Dough Topping

1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted

Homemade Crescent Dough Video Tutorial

The creator of the recipe says “this is a great recipe for light, fluffy and buttery rolls and they are perfect served right from the oven”

We have included a video tutorial from Home Cooking Adventures that shows you how to recreate this popular recipe at home. To watch, click Play above ^

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Homemade Crescent Dough Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix flour with sugar and salt. Dissolve the fresh yeast in the warm water and add to the flour mixture. Add eggs and milk, mix everything together. Add the butter and knead until the dough is smooth and soft. Cover with a clean dish towel and let it rise for about 1 hour in a warm area, until doubled in size. 

2. Punch dough down and divide into 2 equal parts. Form them into balls. On a floured surface roll each part into a 16 to 17 inch round, using a rolling pin. With the back of a spoon, spread about 2 tbsp of very soft butter onto the dough round. Using a pastry wheel cutter cut the round into 16 triangles (like slicing a pizza). 

3. Start rolling each triangle into crescents, starting from the outside edge of the triangle. Once rolled, curve the edges and place on a greased baking tray with the tip tucked down and under the roll. Repeat rolling with the rest of the triangles. Let them rise for about 20 minutes. Melt additional 1 1/2 tbsp butter and brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter. 

4. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Bake for 14-18 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Let them cool on a wire rack few minutes before serving.

Get printable instructions on Home Cooking Adventure here.

Want more? Check out Homemade Cinnamon Rolls here

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